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Raheem Sterling reacts to controversial penalty in England’s victory over Denmark

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Raheem Sterling reacts to controversial penalty in England's victory over Denmark

Raheem Sterling declared he won a “clear penalty” amid the controversy surrounding England’s match-winning spot-kick against Denmark.

Sterling went down under the challenges of Mathias Jensen and Joakim Maehle in the first period of extra-time, with the teams still level at 1-1.

The referee immediately pointed to the spot and a VAR check backed up the original decision.

Three Lions captain Harry Kane stepped up from 12 yards and saw his initial effort saved by Kasper Schmeichel, but he was able to convert the rebound.

The penalty was labeled “soft” by Gary Neville and Roy Keane blasted the decision, but Sterling insists he was fouled.

“Yeah, I went into the box, he stuck his right leg out, it touched my leg. Clear penalty,” the Manchester City winger told ITV Sport when asked if the spot kick was justified.

“If it goes in the back of the net, that’s all that matters,” said Sterling. “The ‘keeper saved it but the rebound, we’ll take that all day.”

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Turning his attention to England’s overall display, Sterling hailed England for recovering from Mikkel Damsgaard’s free-kick which opened the scoring for Denmark.

“It was a tough performance today, we had to dig in deep,” the 26-year-old added. “It’s the first time we’ve conceded in the tournament and I thought we coped, showed a good team spirit and came back to win the game.

“We knew it was difficult to go behind, got the equaliser and we knew we had to stay patient.

“We knew with the legs we have in the team, the aggressiveness, the power, it was only a matter of time before we brought them down, and we got the penalty in the end.”

England’s victory over Denmark sets up a final showdown versus Italy, and Sterling says England’s celebrations will not last for long with a challenging fixture on Sunday.

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Chelsea set new EPL record after beating Brentford

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Chelsea on Saturday set a new Premier League record after beating their London rival Brentford 1-0 in an away Premier League tie.

The Blues defeated the newly-promoted Brentford, thanks to Ben Chilwell’s 45th-minute strike.

The win over Brentford means Chelsea have now become the first club from the English capital to win seven consecutive away London derbies in English Football League history.

Chelsea are now on top of the Premier League table with 19 points from eight fixtures.

Thomas Tuchel’s side are one point ahead of second position Liverpool and two points ahead of third-place Manchester City.

Chelsea will tackle Malmo on Wednesday in a UEFA Champions League tie at Stamford Bridge.

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‘Mohamed Salah now better than Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’, Jurgen Klopp insists

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Jurgen Klopp insists Mohamed Salah is now the best player in the world football after his latest moment of magic.

Just two weeks after his breathtaking strike against Manchester City, the Egyptian King scored another wonderful solo effort in a 5-0 demolition of Watford.

The goal left Jermaine Jenas purring on co-commentary with those watching in awe of his magic.

It was Salah’s 10th goal of the season after a stunning run of form whilst he also provided assists for Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.

After the game, manager Jurgen Klopp was asked where he ranks amongst the best in the world.

And he was in little doubt he deserves the top spot on current form – despite the past performances of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Asked where Salah ranks in his BT Sport interview, Klopp replied: “Top. Come on, we all see it, who’s better than him in this moment?

“That’s clear, there’s always this discussion and all these kinds of things.

“But we don’t have to talk about what Ronaldo and Messi did for world football or how long they were really in the dominant.

“In the moment I think it’s clear there’s nobody better than him. How it is, it’s not only since yesterday, he’s been in that shape for a while.

“He’s young enough to keep the shape a little bit longer.”

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Leicester 4-2 Man Utd: Foxes add to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s misery

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Leicester City ended Manchester United’s 29-game unbeaten run away from home at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.

The Reds Devils took an early lead through a stunning Mason Greenwood goal but Youri Tielemans’ spectacular equaliser made it 1-1 just after the half-hour mark.

A faltering and lethargic United had David De Gea to thank for some late interventions in the hope of ensuring United came away from the match with a point.
But Caglar Soyuncu’s late strike appeared to have snatched the Foxes all three points before Marcus Rashford swiftly equalised on his return to action.

Jamie Vardy had other ideas, however, scoring a superb volley within 60 seconds of the restart as the pressure ramps up on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, whose side have gone three top-flight games without a win.

Patson Saka then wrapped it up in the dying minutes.

The two teams came into the match winless from their past two Premier League outings and were aiming to recover quickly following the international break.

Leicester went unbeaten against United last season in three league and FA Cup meetings to end a run of three successive Red Devils victories since Solskjaer took charge.

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